In the fourth Merry Gentry tale, the Elven-American princess is faced with two assassination attempts and a double homicide within the Unseelie court. Merry puts her P.I. skills to work and allows the human police into faerie lands for the first time.

Merry's guards, meanwhile, strive to keep her safe while continuing their mission to impregnate her, thus securing her right to the throne. And with each bout of lovemaking Merry's faerie powers continue to grow, which soon make it impossible to escape the notice of many enemies.

Hamilton's characters are complex and unique, supported by atmospheric settings and fully realized world-building. And, as usual, sex is a major plot point, overriding and engulfing all of Merry's political and emotional concerns. Fans know what to expect and will not be disappointed by Merry's escapades, but there's little back story or forward movement in this tale. (Apr., 384 pp., $23.95)
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Jen Talley Exum